Virgin Kids are a new band from the gnarly sound-world that brought you Black Lips and Cerebral Ballzy. Which is to say: high-energy, low-fidelity garage-punk. Greasewheel even has a picture of the band eating pizza on the cover! Goes nicely with the snarly, surfy jams this album carries. Vinyl release on Fluffer Records.
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Hi there. When you start a band please think about your band name. Virgin Kids is a really bad one. Thanks. On the sarcastically pop-punk Fluffer and Burger record labels, this band celebrate the finer things (pizza; denim jackets with light blue shades) while harmonising haphazardly over surf tinged garage rawk. They move fast or if they don’t they make sure you notice the riff upfront (as you can immediately tell by the uncaring dash towards the finish line of “Bruised Knees” and the quick guitar figure that begins the temporary tempo jam “Cracks In A Colour”.).
I like it best when Virgin Kids ditch the surf in favour of jangle, though they rarely do it: “Never Nude” gets close, with a nearly pretty chord sequence that’s still toned and performed rather spookily. It’s weird, hearing those communal harmonies conjoined with an overall icy sound, but I would totally go to a snowed-in beach. “Shrink” sees the band do a sad boy ballad with the same surfed riffs and a cunning bassline, though it’s hard to access considering the compact and overloud way the band play together.
This is a fun and screeching record that I personally don’t go in for, but then, do you see me involving myself in shenanigans? No. RIYL being less upstanding/boring than me.
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